Tropical Storm Nestor strengthened into the 14th-named system of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season early Friday afternoon over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes Matthew, Wilma, and Opal were all October storms, as was Hurricane Hazel - which went on to produce the worst flooding in Toronto's history - were all October storms.
Although Nestor was nowhere near the power of Hurricane Michael, it still brought a scene of destruction to areas of Florida in its path. However, a couple of bands of heavy rain and gusty winds could move into parts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey - especially from Ocean City to Atlantic City. No injuries were reported. On the forecast track, the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor will move across portions of the southeastern United States tonight and Sunday.
Threats of severe weather were forecast to end on Sunday night, for a dry start to the work week.
The shape of the coast, combined with the storm's track, means the highest storm surge is likely to impact the Florida Gulf Coast, reaching its peak with Saturday morning's high tide. This came after a tornado spawned in central Florida and damaged several houses.
A tornado has reportedly touched ground in Polk County, according to the National Weather Service.
Lakeland Electric reported almost 10,000 customers without power due to the storm.
The Drought Monitor update released today showed improvement for us.
'However, there are many people dealing with damage to their homes and property this morning, some of it severe'.
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Tropical storm conditions involve high winds of 39.73mph, just short of a category one hurricane.
Apalachicola is a town of some 2,300 residents in Franklin County, Florida. "A tornado watch has been issued for parts of north and central Florida until noon ET", said CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar.
Tornado warnings were issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties before expiring late Friday night. Rain will spread from the southwest to the northeast.
The tornado has reportedly touched down in Kathleen, Florida, according to NWS.
Nestor will move quickly to the northeast after it arrives on the panhandle Saturday, cutting across Georgia and SC before rolling out to sea, said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.in State College, Pennsylvania.
But there was no damage there.
"You have to keep it in perspective: 75 percent of our city was destroyed", Cathey said.